Saturday, December 6, 2008

A snapshot from the Virago-Bullock home

On the taped episode of The Office we watched last night, Michael misused the word "literally" -- as so many do -- to describe something that was very obviously figurative. (I can't remember what it was exactly, but that doesn't really matter here.) The following exchange resulted:

Virago: I just love it when people misuse "literally" like that.

Bullock: Yeah, it's really aggravating, isn't it?



Anonymous said...

That literally makes my blood boil. I have pills for it.

...of course, the worst offender in this matter is our Vice President-Elect, bless his heart. He at one point asserted that the next president could "literally change the direction of the world." That sounds really dangerous.

medievalkarl said...

My all time favorite misuse of literally occurred during the reporting of "Princess" Diana's death. Someone said, "she literally touched everyone with her..." I don't remember what appendage or quality she'd used to touch everyone because I was laughing so hard. I pictured her as something like this